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If Evolution is True, Why Are Human Babies So Helpless?

For the longest time, as an Atheist and then a Christian, I wondered why Humans were so helpless at birth and for so much longer than every other mammal on Earth. It made no sense at all when you could watch a deer for example being born and within an hour walking around, running within a day. Birds could fly within days or weeks, marine life obviously could swim instantly, but so could turtles and other land dwelling swimmers.

This made NO SENSE from the stand point of Natural Selection, which carriers forward traits that make a species STRONGER or better adapted to an environment for survival. Obviously there was no survival strategy behind being born and remaining helpless for YEARS… in fact in an ancient savage world, if human parents died or left a newborn…
Asta La Vista. Baby.

But NEVER worry, evolutionists will always pull a rabbit from their proverbial magic hat… and they did. And guess what? People bought it hook line and sinker.

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This is how their wonderfully imaginative story goes:

Long ago,  “early man” used to walk on four legs but that had to change. You see they came down from the trees and onto the Savannah where being four-legged was obviously a disadvantage… I mean how can you see that prowling lion in the tall grass if you’re on all fours. UH OH!!!

Don’t worry. NATURAL SELECTION to the rescue… these early men began to balance on their hind legs to see those pesky Lions and wouldn’t you know it… after HUNDREDS of generations of this behavior their spines changed causing their pelvises to narrow.  This of course mean’t they could no longer give birth to a baby with a more developed brain… UH OH!!!

Don’t worry. NATURAL SELECTION to the rescue… They simply started giving birth to humans with smaller less-developed brains that could fit thru their newly reduced pelvic region, which would then require a greater length of brain development time outside the womb to catch up with their less-evolved counterparts in the animal kingdom.

TA-DA! Evolution.

Now this is only ONE tiny example of evolutionary theory that is built on PURE imagination and storytelling, that isn’t very compelling. There are many many more examples, but I just want to stay focused on this.

When you are an evolutionist, you have NO other options on the table when it comes to the origin of man. At the end of the day, if evolution is shown to be false, all you are left doing is sitting across an empty table staring at God.

So EVOLUTION MUST BE TRUE. So much in fact that people will go to great lengths to fabricate stories out of pure imagination to justify a very real observation in the world. It all sounds so “sciencey” and factual, but is based on NOTHING.

Want to know the real reason Human babies are helpless?

As with nearly everything else, evolution doesn’t come close to giving us answers that really fit what we see in the world around us. That’s because it isn’t true. However if you open your Bible you will find a factual account of how Humans came into existence.

Humans are not evolved primates. We were created as the pinnacle of God’s work. We were placed on Earth and have dominion over it and the animals that co-exist with us. Our brains, our DNA, everything about us reveals the grandeur of His power.

The real reason Human babies are helpless at birth, is because God made us that way. The similarities we see in the genetic code of Humans and other animals simply reveals a common designer, not an unguided natural force.

Some more reading on evolution…

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Imaginary Tales of Evolution

Recently I read a post from fellow Christian Blogger The Heartseeker’s Blog and wanted to share with you here today. The title of his article is From Ape to Man… and Beyond and if you enjoy this article it is my hope you pay his blog a visit. The full article has been re-posted here with permission from the author.

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It is undoubtedly one of the most iconic images of evolution.

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In this one artistic representation, we have the summary of the ideology of how apes evolved into humans. We can just SEE how it must have happened… because there it is… right in front of us. And it seems so logical. So easy. So plausible. Paleoanthropologists (those who study fossils of apes and humans) have collected all the fossils, analyzed all the details, and presented us with the irrefutable facts.

And we have the picture to prove it!

There is only one problem. There are such limited facts to support it. The fossil evidence is extremely sparse. The details are sketchy. And the opinions of the experts is “all over the map.” There is simply no consensus as to what the fossils are telling us.

One expert admitted: “Interpretations of the fossil evidence for human evolution are heavily influenced by personal beliefs and prejudices… experts even acknowledge that their field is the most subjective and contentious in all of biology.”

sciencemagScience magazine article summarized the complexity of the problem: “The primary scientific evidence is a pitifully small array of bones from which to construct man’s evolutionary history. One anthropologist has compared the task to that of reconstructing the plot of War and Peace with 13 randomly selected pages.”

nature magHenry Gee, the Chief Science Writer for Nature put it this way: “To take a line of fossils and claim that they represent a lineage is not a scientific hypothesis that can be tested, but an assertion that carries the same validity as a bedtime story – amusing, perhaps even instructive, but not scientific.”

So… if there is such a small amount of evidence – and the experts can’t even agree what that evidence means… how is it that everyone accepts human evolution from apes as a bona fide fact?

Behold the power of a picture! To influence, persuade, and indoctrinate.

I have my own story of the power of an artist’s rendering… for over twenty years our local city zoo had an impressive display (at a cost of nearly $18 million) of one of the supposed missing links between apes and man.

I introduce you to Lucy…

lucy-hands.jpg      Lucy upright

Lucy’s bones were discovered in Ethiopia in 1974, and the wheels of evolution began churning immediately. Lucy was supposedly one of the first apes to begin walking upright. And that is how she was displayed in the city zoo. Gazing upward with a sense of wonder etched on her face. She was displayed with hands and feet that were very human (although much more hairy!)… as she strolled about – leaving her tree-swinging, knuckle-dragging days behind her.

And everything about Lucy is a fabrication. Interpreted for us by folks who have an agenda to promote… and a story to tell (see last week’s Saturday post).

Here are Lucy’s actual bones…

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What you notice immediately is that there were no hands and feet discovered. (So, naturally, we should assume that her missing parts were obviously human-like!). She is small in size (about the size of a chimpanzee). Her hip bone is almost identical to current apes (indicating her “walking” would be similar to current apes). And her face (wait… she doesn’t have a face!) so it’s hard to tell what she would have looked like (or if she even could gaze upward with a sense of wonder).

In short, it is difficult to tell (from the evidence) exactly how Lucy was similar to humans (if at all). In fact, the bulk of the research done on her, since her discovery, is very revealing.* Science has spoken… and the facts are that Lucy was, in all likelihood, just another full-blown ape. (By the way, other species of Lucy’s type have been discovered, WITH feet and hands… and those features are just like every other ape). Oh, and here’s another little tidbit… Lucy wasn’t even female! (Oops.)

All this is just to show how difficult it is to take bones from the past and tell an accurate story in our present.

 

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The problem is not so much with the facts as with how those facts are interpreted. In many cases, it is exactly as Biology historian Jane Maienschein has said: “Researchers can be manipulated into believing that they have actually found what it was they had been looking for.”

Lucy is not the only case. For over a century, those who promote evolution have “discovered” many “ape-men” and have heartily promoted them as the true “missing link” between apes and man. Java man, Piltdown man, Nebraska man, Peking man… all heralded as proof of Darwin’s theory.

java man    piltdown man   nebraska-man   peking man

And all exposed as misinterpretations… or outright frauds.

The truth is that, since Darwin’s time, evolutionists have been looking for actual proof that their ape-to-man picture is right… but until (IF!) that ever happens, they have the next best thing. They have an “actual” picture that proves what they have been claiming all along.

* Fifteen years of research were devoted to the study of Australopithecus (Lucy and her kind), conducted by prominent anatomists Zuckerman and Oxnard (and a team of scientists) in which they poured over every intricate detail of the fossils and compared them to both man and apes. Their conclusions are based on research that is as detailed and thorough as science can get. In the end, Zuckerman stated adamantly: “They are just apes!”

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